Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) Symphony No. 5 in D minor MWV N 15 (Reformation Symphony)
Movements III and IV arranged by Torsten Sterzik [solos: S,T - mix ch,org(orch)] Duration: 30' Text: Martin Luther and Torsten Sterzik
With regard to the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, this version for solos, choir and organ by Torsten Sterzik originated to pave the Reformation Symphony‘s way into the church as well, restoring the text to Luther’s chorale in the fourth movement and additionally including the third movement, its arioso solos being sung by a soprano and a tenor solo.
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The Reformation Symphony was composed in 1830 for the 300th anniversary of the “Confessio Augustana”, the founding of the Lutheran confession of faith. In the fourth movement, Mendelssohn quotes, elaborates and varies artfully the Luther-chorale “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” [God is our fortress], erecting a musical monument to the reformer Martin Luther. After an initial confl icting reception, the Reformation Symphony meanwhile is established fi rmly in the concert repertoire.
EB 8058 is intended for performances with organ. It can also be used for the preparation of the chorus and soloists for performances with orchestra.